Jefferson County

News
4:38 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Selma to Montgomery Anniversary, Holocaust Exhibit, Jefferson County Tuberculosis case

Credit www.lbjlibrary.org

  The daughters of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and Governor George Wallace will meet with Governor Robert Bentley today. It’s all part of a ceremony to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march.    It was on this date in 1965 that Dr. King led the procession to Alabama’s State Capitol. APR spoke with Bernice** King during the remembrance of “bloody Sunday” in Selma.

She says voting rights are being challenged in the U.S. and the fight has to go on.

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Newscast
9:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Bill to restrict gay adoption, court rules on river pollution and Montgomery march update

Alabama Senator Gerald Allen

A state lawmaker wants to make sure that faith-based adoption agencies have the right to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.

Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa introduced the bill last week specifying groups that could refuse to participate in adoptions and foster care placements that violate their religious beliefs.

The bill would also prohibit the state of Alabama from refusing to license, or renew a contract with, the groups for refusing services to people on religious grounds.

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Newscast
9:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Garrard sentencing begins, Affordable Care Act anniversary and colorectal cancer awareness month

Joyce Hardin Garrard at trial March 20.
Credit Eric T. Wright, AP

A jury will debate whether to recommend the death penalty today after convicting the woman accused of running her granddaughter to death of capital murder.

The panel will hear additional evidence for sentencing today as they decide between execution or life in prison without parole for 49 year old grandmother Joyce Hardin Garrard. The judge has the final say.

The prosecution is seeking the death penalty. They argue Garrard brutally forced the girl to run for hours as punishment until she collapsed into seizures.

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Jefferson County-Heroin
4:45 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

100 Heroin-Related Deaths Noted In Jefferson Co.

Jefferson County's medical examiner says there have been 100 heroin-related deaths in the county this year, surpassing 58 that were recorded in 2013.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Jefferson County's medical examiner says there have been 100 heroin-related deaths in the county this year, surpassing 58 that were recorded in 2013.

Al.com reports Chief Medical Examiner Gregory Davis is asking the Jefferson County Commission for a 2 percent funding increase to help cover autopsy costs and renew a contract with UAB to provide toxicology services. A committee approved his request and the full commission is expected to vote on it Wednesday.

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Jefferson County
8:25 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Jefferson County Approves Budget

Jefferson County's car tag lines have been the most visible symptom of the county's financial problems.
The Birmingham News/Tamika Moore

Jefferson County commissioners have approved a more than $463 million budget presented by County Manager Tony Petelos.

   The commission approved the budget on Tuesday.

   WBRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/18xFyXP) that it includes more money to purchase equipment which has been neglected for years because of the county's money troubles.

   The budget will include a 2 percent cost-of-living raise for county workers for the first time in years. Petelos said the county needs to do more to keep workers from leaving.

Interstate 20 Reopening
4:24 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Ala. Highway Agency Reopening I-20 At Birmingham

The state says it will reopen westbound Interstate 20 in eastern Jefferson County on Thursday, weather permitting.
Credit Joe Songer / al.com

The Alabama Department of Transportation says it's ending what has been a traffic nightmare for many travelers near Birmingham.

The state says it will reopen westbound Interstate 20 in eastern Jefferson County on Thursday, weather permitting.

About 74,000 vehicles travel through the area each day. The state closed first the eastbound and then the westbound lanes for resurfacing work.

The detours have led to traffic jams and delays, but the state says all the work is supposed to be done by early winter.

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Taxis-Fighting Crime
4:10 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Ala. Taxi Drivers Will Help Police Fight Crime

Taxi drivers in Birmingham and Jefferson County will help police as part of Taxis on Patrol.
http://www.birminghamyellowcab.com/ Birmingham Yellow Cab

Birmingham and Jefferson County are getting some extra help fighting crime. About 100 taxi drivers in Jefferson County have been trained to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. If they see something, they can call police and report it immediately. Yellow Cab announced the new "TOP" or Taxis on Patrol program Monday in front of Birmingham City Hall. The taxis will be equipped with GPS technology that can send and receive information. They will also have security cameras that will be able to help police during investigations.

Cooper Green
6:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open

Birmingham loses fight to keep Cooper Green Hospital for the poor open.
nelsonglass.com

The City of Birmingham has lost the court fight to keep the Cooper Green Mercy hospital open for the poor. The city was unable to force Jefferson County in the latest round in court Wednesday to keep hospital open and operating as usual. Lawsuits against the county are effectively frozen in place until the county emerges from bankruptcy under Chapter 9. The city asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett to lift a stay so the city could sue the county in state court. The county commission voted in August to close the inpatient unit and emergency room at the county owned hospital.

Jefferson County
5:23 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Jefferson County To Create Public Defender System

Jefferson County courts are switching to a public defender system in a move meant to control costs.

Circuit Judge Scott Vowell said the new public defender's office will have a dedicated staff of attorneys to represent defendants who cannot afford their own attorney. Right now, judges appoint private lawyers to represent indigent defendants.